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    Paul Walker Set To Star In Post-Hurricane Katrina Film 'Hours'

    The acting career of "Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker has been an interesting one, and by interesting we mean it's puzzling as to why this guy has constantly been positioned as one of Hollywood's "It" guys for over a decade. Despite attempts at legitimacy with films like the faux-gritty crime drama "Running Scared," Walker is still best known for the superfluous 'Furious' films and running away from perverted truck drivers in 2001's "Joy Ride."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Let the Games Begin - Teaser Trailer for The Hunger Games

    I admit it. I am totally obsessed with these books. I am in the middle of the third one and find them a much easier and engaging read than Twilight.

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  • The Playlist
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    Javier Bardem Will Scare Your Children As The Villain In 'Despicable Me 2'

    While the trailers leading up to the release of Universal's 2010 CGI fest "Despicable Me" felt far more cryptic than they should have for a kid's animated movie featuring historical monuments being stolen by an unknown evil genius, the film turned out to be a surprise hit for the studio that summer and seemingly won over critics with its brand of offbeat humor. Not surprisingly, sequel talks were underway almost immediately with cast members like Steve Carell and Jason Segel set to rejoin, and now "Despicable Me 2" looks to be adding some Oscar-winning prestige to the ensemble.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    RIP Steve Jobs, Who Deserves the Word Visionary: Obits, Links, Clips

    I once had lunch with Jobs at an excellent Japanese restaurant in Beverly Hills. He wore his trademark black turtleneck and jeans; he was serious, accessible. We talked about Pixar, which he also deserves credit for. Sadly, Jobs has died at age 56 of pancreatic cancer, which he had been fighting since 2004.

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  • The Playlist
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    Is 'Skyfall' The Name Of Sam Mendes' James Bond Film?

    Considering it's had an unusually tortured journey to the screen for a big franchise picture, thanks to the financial problems of MGM, it's not entirely surprising that details are relatively thin for the twenty-third James Bond film, the third to star Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent. Oscar-winner Sam Mendes has been attached to direct for close to two years now, we've known that for certain. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who've penned the first draft of every Bond script since "The World Is Not Enough," again did the groundwork, before Peter Morgan, John Logan and most recently "Notes on a Scandal" scribe Patrick Marber, came on for a polish. And it's a given that the plot will continue, or possibly cap off, Bond's pursuit of Quantum, the secret organization behind the events of "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tracy Morgan Plays It Straight In Cop Drama "Son of No One" (Trailer + Release Date)

    Well, he gets top billing in the credits, as you can see in the poster (and the trailer below) but he's barely featured in it. First announced in spring 2010, Tracy Morgan joins Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, and Ray Liotta in the ensemble cop drama Son of No One.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Octavia Spencer "In Talks" To Play Casino Card Dealer In Diablo Cody's Next Project

    This just in from Variety....Octavia Spencer is in negotiations to star as a Las Vegas casino card dealer in Oscar winning screenwriter (Juno) Diablo Cody's next film. Cody is set to make her directing debut from a script penned by her.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    R.I.P. Steve Jobs: "How To Live Before You Die"

    On the same day I finally decided to buy an iPhone, no less... But seriously, this man was a gifted visionary who truly changed the world and everyday lives of almost everyone I know. Take the time to watch this commencement speech he gave at Stanford in 2005, which is remarkably inspiring and makes clear the incredible man behind the Apple:

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  • Hope for Film
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    Who Are Today's Curators? And Where The Hell Are The Rest Of Them?!!

    In this Age Of SuperAbundance one of the things we need more than anything is trusted filters. How do we prioritize what to watch? How to discover new work? How do we escape our echo chambers to be reminded of how expansive our taste really is?

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  • The Playlist
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    Trailer: ‘My Week With Marilyn’ Starring Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh & Eddie Redmayne

    If you think about, aside from "The Iron Lady" starring Meryl Streep and Jason Reitman's "Young Adult," the only other film from the 2011 Oscar season we haven't seen much so far from (i.e. a trailer) is "My Week with Marilyn" starring Michelle Williams. And come Sunday, press at the New York Film Festival (including us) will finally get a chance to feast their eyes on the film.

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